Not having access to clean water and toilets is more than an inconvenience; it can be the cause of danger and serious health risks, especially for women and children.
November 19 is World Toilet Day, bringing attention to the fact that many in the world don’t have access to a toilet despite the fact that access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right. 2.4 billion people don’t have adequate sanitation, and about 1 billion people are forced to defecate in the open. The UN is calling for safe, clean facilities for all.
One out of three women around the world lack access to safe toilets. As a result they face disease, shame and potential violence when they seek a place to defecate.
– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Sesame Workshop’s campaign Cleaner, Healthier, Happier attempts to build positive behavior around sanitation and hygiene for children, so kids can be change agents for themselves and for their communities.
Sashwati Banerjee, managing director of the Sesame Workshop in India stresses the importance of providing children with an engaging platform to see real change. “With kids being at the center of change, how can we not make a difference?”
As children learn healthy practices they are able to teach their families. It creates a strong ripple effect: not only as they share this information in their homes, but as kids grow they see their communities change for the better.
Take Action Challenge
Join Sesame Street and our partner World Vision in providing a Sesame Street WASH UP! Kit to teach schoolchildren in Sub-Saharan Africa the importance of sanitation and proper hygiene behaviors.
Watch this video to learn more.